Flirtation or Faceoff by Leah Brunner Book Review

Flirtation or Faceoff by Leah Brunner book review

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Flirtation or Faceoff by Leah Brunner is a charming, funny, and wholesome hockey romance. It is book two in the D.C. Eagles Hockey series but can be read as a standalone.

This book follows Colby, a former playboy hockey player, who’s a total sweetheart and Noel, a no-nonsense college professor who has a crush on a colleague.


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Flirtation or Faceoff

Author: Leah Brunner

Pub. Date: Sep. 1, 2023

Series: D.C. Eagles Hockey book 2

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Pages: 296

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: swearing, childhood cancer, & infidelity


After getting my heart broken, I’ve sworn off athletes forever.

Then my best friend has to go and marry an NHL player, and his teammate, Colby Knight, won’t leave me alone.

Colby is a master at scoring (on and off the ice), and he’s not used to being told no. So he takes my disinterest as an invitation to pursue me even harder. I ignore him… until I realize I can use his expertise to help me get my crush’s attention.

But now that he’s my dating coach, and we’re spending so much time together, I’m growing more and more distracted. I mean, those dimples? Very enticing.

Just when I think he might be more than just a playboy hockey player, a blast from the past comes back and reminds me why I swore off athletes in the first place.

Can I trust Colby, or is he just another jerk who will break my heart?


Spoiler-Free Book Review

Thank you to the author for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

Having read the first book in this series and loving it, I was excited to be back in this world of hockey players.


What I Liked

  • I enjoyed how much the other players played a part in Colby and Noel’s story. They were a lot of fun, and I’m excited to read more about them in future books.
  • My favorite part of this book was Colby. He’s honestly so sweet and thoughtful. He was persistent with Noel without being creepy. I loved how charming he could be and how he kept calling Noel “Angel.”


What I Didn’t Like

  • Noel could be frustrating at times since I just couldn’t understand what she liked about her colleague, but overall, I did like her character. It was fun to see how well she and Colby balanced each other out.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this book! If you like dating coaches, sports romances, swoony characters, Lord of the Rings and closed-door romances, I think you’d especially enjoy this book.


Where to Purchase

You can purchase a copy of this book at the following retailers:

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Have you read Flirtation or Faceoff or any other books by Leah Brunner?

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